From Evergreen Trail Guide
Noble Knob is a great alpine trail that provides excellent views of Mt. Rainier. Also an epic view of Glacier Peak, and Mt. Stuart if you stop for a look on the North side of the ridge. Noble Knob is generally used to access other trails that descend below down and along various drainages like Deep Creek, Dalles Ridge, Ranger Creek, Palisades.
How to find it
Go East on Hwy 410 from Enumclaw about 30 miles, turn south onto Rd 7160, Buck Creek Rd. Go across the bridge and immediately turn left into a parking lot. This is upper Skookum Flats Trailhead.
To access the lower trailhead ride back out to Highway 410 on Buck Creek Rd. Cross the highway heading West, immediately find a benched straight trail climbing directly to White River Trail. Take a right and head up White River to Forest Rd 7174 up to Corral Pass.
You can park at Corral Pass just continue further up 410 a few more miles. Head NorthEast up 7174 at the Y stay left. Corral Pass is 5.5 miles up.
Access can be accomplished from the lower trails like Ranger Creek but it's much more common to ride down from Noble Knob.
Also can be accessed on the backside by taking Rd 72. This would eliminate the steep drive/climb up 7174.
Lower Trailhead is 3600 and Upper Trailhead is at 5700, and trail runs in the shady side of the mountains, which slows snow melt. So check conditions before riding.
7/11/2012 Rode this yesterday. Clear of trees but some snow traversal on the trail required between the fire road and where Ranger Creek meet.
7/27/11 We rode this today and there were maybe two blow downs while on Noble Knob trail between Mutton Mtn and the turn off for Noble Knob. Other than that the trails are very dry and dusty. The bugs (flies) were bad as well. For a full trail report see here, .
According to a post on MTBR 7/27/11: Ranger and Palisades are completely tree-free and buff! 7200 road is completely clear all the way to the top. The short trail from the 7200 trailhead to where it meets the route from Noble Knob to the scout shelter still has several blowdowns.
Mostly smooth trail that runs through a ridge of timber, and open alpine meadows. Wide sweeping views envelope your peripheral. A few challenging climbs along the Knob, and descents, as it drops you off into Dalles Ridge Trail.
Local Points of Interest
The town of Greenwater has food, maps, forest service parking passes, and gas. Wapito Woolies sells maps and also has ice cream, yum.
- Noble Knob info FS trail #1184.
- Greentrails Map #238-Greenwater and #239-Lester.
BBTC assisted in an IMBA ride here in 2004.